Family Programmes 2020

July, 4 - 12: Building a theatre

For children, playing is like breathing. However, at home sometimes it's impossible – the parents are too tired, at school it's not allowed – they’ll get taken to the headmaster, while outside it can be dangerous… So when can they play?

But the thing is, games teach children to organize their own free time, negotiate and follow the rules of the game, find a common language with each other and make new friends. Games develop imagination, reaction, dexterity, endurance, courage, and attention. Once a child has really learned how to play, he will never be bored, and his parents won’t have to worry about how to keep him entertained.

Danila Arikov, theatre director and director-educator, head of the STANISLAVSKY children's theatre studio, and Daria Turanskaya, teacher of architecture for children at the Mashtabium studio, have been working with JUST DILIJAN IT! for years. Their interdisciplinary programmes show that architecture classes complement theatre arts and vice versa.

This year, the participants of the first family round can look forward to the "Building a theatre" programme, in which children get to learn about the classical culture and architecture of the Golden Age, learn to make scenery, working with different types of materials and rehearsing a performance based on the poems of Alexander Pushkin.

This can't be done with the adults’ help of course. Master classes in acting, drawing and making jewellery, excursions and trips into nature, and of course, evening games together with the kids. After all, who said that parents can’t play too?


Danila Arikov is a director-educator, theatre director, actor of the Praktika Theatre, Dramatic Art and Direction Centre, The Meyerhold Theatre Centre, director of the STANISLAVSKY children’s theatre studio.

Daria Turanskaya is a practicing architect, member of the Union of Architects of Russia, founder and teacher of the children's architectural studio Mashtabium.

July, 25 – August, 2: Capoeira, cinema and English

"All the world's a stage", according to William Shakespeare, and you know what? He wasn't wrong. Four centuries later, if we want to teach children something new, we invite them to play. The experts of the second family round strongly support this approach: Evgenia Melinger, coach of the ABADÁ-Capoeira school, and Ekaterina Nigmatulina, writer, teacher of English and French languages.

For all 9 days of the second family round we will play, or rather, take part in capoeira – the only martial art in the world created not for war, but for being free. Capoeira isn't fighting, it’s a game. It came from the plantations ofBrazil, eventually absorbing a little of the culture of Brazil, Japan and Africa, and later from the modern culture of acrobatics and dance. In capoeira, two people go out to play with each other, and this game is like a dialogue. In the dialogue, everyone's task is to hear the rhythm, follow it, open up to the maximum and not "over-power" the partner, but allow them the same freedom.

In the morning, children will learn about themselves through movement and learn to interact with each other.

During the day, parents will be able to take part in trainings and master classes and take a step towards understanding themselves, their child, their family and their strengths.
In the second half of the day at the joint sessions, parents and children will consolidate their experiences over the day to become even closer.

But that's not all. In addition to capoeira, kids will create an animated film about the history and culture of Armenia. They will draw and voice the characters themselves, make a real movie, and show it to their parents at the end of the round.

And of course, all participants will have daily and funny English classes.

It’s always a good idea to play. After all, the act of playing allows us to learn much more effectively.

So, who’s ready for a game?


Evgenia Melinger is a coach of the ABADÁ-Capoeira School, has been training since 2004, and worked for the Word Class fitness club chain for 12 years. She conducts training courses (for both children and parents) and organizes camps since 2009. Evgenia is a creator of the methods "Family capoeira" and "Capoeira for children from 11 months old". She has a degree in psychology (specialization "Art Therapy") and as a coach (Institute of Psychodrama, Coaching and Role-based Training).

Ekaterina Nigmatulina is a teacher of English and French languages, the author of the "BecauseBook" and the "Beautiful Phonics" textbooks on teaching children English. A specialist in teaching methods, she has created courses for adult teachers, and she is the author of the books "Education. Simple Rules", "Adult psychology. 11 simple rules of life", and "France. Alphabet".